Senior Advisory Panel

Harold  Rekate, MD

Harold Rekate, MD


Dr. Rekate has recently retired as director of the Chiari Institute, within the Northwell Health System and is now a Professor Emeritus at the Donald and Barbara Zucker Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.   Prior to joining Northwell Dr. Rekate served as director of pediatric neurosciences and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI). While at BNI, Dr. Rekate was a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Rekate completed his undergraduate studies at Duke University and received his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia. He trained in neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery at the University Hospitals of Cleveland of Case Western Reserve University. On completion of his residency he was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at Case and also a Adjunct Professor of Systems and Design Engineering at Case Institute.

Dr. Rekate has served as the Chairman of the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the AANS and CNS.  He is past president of both the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons and the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

A widely published author of more than 200 publications, most of which are related to cerebrospinal fluid difficulties, including Chiari malformations, syringomyelia and hydrocephalus, Dr. Rekate also served as editor for a number of prestigious medical journals and was chairman of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics. Over the course of his career, Dr. Rekate has done extensive research regarding spinal fluid flow, receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. Rekate has received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Pudenz Award of Excellence in Research in Cerebrospinal Fluid Physiology.  He was an advisor to NASA in its Intracranial Pressure and Visual Loss program.  For his work on the management of hypothalamic hamartoma the Hope for Hypothalamic Hamartoma Organization created the Rosenfeld Rekate Pioneer Award for work on innovation, collaboration and transformation.